Grandparenting Isn’t Grandpa Renting

Spell check tries to correct me every time I type the word grandparenting,
and offers two choice phrases instead.
I think Spell Check never had grandkids.

It isn’t “grand parenting”, although it is grand.
Grandparents are not the parents.
It’s as simple as that.

They’re the backup team, the support team, the relief squad,
but they aren’t the starting players.

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Grandparenting isn’t “grandpa renting” either, Spell Check,
just in case you’re wondering.

Get your facts straight.

When Grandparents watch their kids,
no money exchanges hands.

Lotsa’ hugs, kisses and silly whispered secrets are exchanged, 
but no silver needs to cross our palms to convince us
to spend time with those adorable little rascals.

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Here’s the little darling that made me a Gwamma. 
Brookie and I are still bestest fwends.

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Brookelyn Grace

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Brayden Aaron

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Maddelyn Faith

Notice the roli photo logo?  Hey, can you say that three times weally, weally fast? I can’t.

Anyway, my son-in-law, Aaron is the amazing photographer
and father of these adorable children.

Back to grandparenting.
I assumed I would be an awesome Gwamma. 
After all, I raised six kids of my own.

I love playing, giggling, snacking, teasing, laughing, whispering and eating candy.

I love sleeping in tents and forts.

I love imagining the living floor is the ocean.

I love jumping on my bed and running barefoot outside.

I love going to the beach, the library and every toy aisle.

What more could there be to grandparenting than that?

Just like parenting, grandparenting isn’t just about the fun stuff.
I discovered I had a lot to learn about my new role.

Lucky for me,  a friend of mine wrote a Bible study on grandparenting,
just for me.

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This book will help you laugh, love, and learn as you enjoy your GRAND role!

Lydia is known for her love of prayer and people,
giving wise insight and fun ideas for supporting grandkids.

It would be the perfect gift for Grandparents Day,
September 9th.

Yea, I know I didn’t let ya’ know soon enough to order,
but ya’ still should. 

It will be the perfect way to celebrate the grandparents in your life.

It’s a hands-on guidebook for new and experienced grandparents.
Works well for individual study, with your spouse, or in a church or community group.

Since you might be bummed that the book won’t come in time,
you can download this encouraging grandparent prayer guide for free.

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And, here’s something you can do in time to celebrate this Sunday!

This was featured on Pinterest.

Her recipes and craft ideas are often featured in Clubhouse and Clubhouse Junior,
magazines published by Focus on the Family.

 

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Lydia isn’t just spiritually encouraging,
she does fun things with her five grandkids,
like freezing shirts solid, then seeing which grandkid can get theirs on quickest.

I have to admit, her grandkids are as cute as mine, aren’t they?

Lydia is one of the featured authors for a blog called
Mentoring Moments.  Her post on having a teddy bear picnic is adorable!

If you want more information about the layout of the Bible study
and the impact it’s made on lives, read this book review by Ada.

 

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If you qualify for this opening,
you wanna’ buy Lydia’s Bible study guide.

The blessings will flow to future generations.

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6 Responses to Grandparenting Isn’t Grandpa Renting

  1. Ruby September 8, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I loved the title of this post and laughed and giggled at the spell check ref. Grandparenting is great though isn’t it!

    • Momma Mindy September 9, 2012 at 6:15 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it, Ruby. I know you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! 🙂 I think you would be amazing at leading a Bible study for Grammas!

  2. Andi September 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    And here I thought this was going to be a lecture on taking advantage of others…

    Which surprised me that you’d lecture.

    And then I was sad because my parents aren’t close enough for me to abuse.

    Beautiful grandkids!

  3. Momma Mindy September 9, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Thanks, Andi.

    By the way, was just telling my family your stories the other day. When I run out of funny things to tell my kids, I always use your material. I have gotten many laughs with your tatoo stories…

  4. Frances Bernard July 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    I like your comment about spell checkers. It tickled my funny bone because I was wondering the same about my spell checker and because in English it is a given that the phrase Grandpa-Renting could mean Grandma-Renting too.

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